First comes love, then mar­riage, then ...

USA TODAY US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Puente and An­drea Man­dell

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot Satur­day, the world will be watch­ing.

And there will be ques­tions. Oh, so many ques­tions.

Where will they live, and what will their new jobs be in the royal firm? How long will it take for Duchess Meghan to be­come a Bri­tish cit­i­zen, not to men­tion ac­cus­tom her­self to driv­ing on the other side of the road? Will she be able to stay above pol­i­tics, as is the royal rule?

“There are three legs of the stool for roy­als: Their of­fi­cial du­ties on be­half of the queen, their phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties and their fam­ily life,” says Sally Bedell Smith, the Amer­i­can royal bi­og­ra­pher. “For Harry, fam­ily life has al­ways been

the miss­ing leg of the stool. Now they will have that.”

Let’s take a look at what might be in store for the new royal star cou­ple:

Meet the new Fab Four

That’s the new moniker for Will and Kate and Harry and Meghan, the lead­ing mem­bers of their gen­er­a­tion of young roy­als. Smith says Wil­liam and Harry have been a team since child­hood, un­like their fa­ther and his sib­lings. “Prince Charles and his (three sib­lings) al­ways worked in sep­a­rate si­los, as it were, so when Kate joined the fam­ily, they be­came a trio, and now they’ll be the Fab Four, as the tabloids call them,” Smith says. “They are go­ing to do a lot of things to­gether.”

Royal phi­lan­thropists

The mod­ern rai­son d’etre for roy­als is to prove their worth through phi­lan­thropy and pub­lic ser­vice. In Markle, Harry has found the per­fect mate for a life of hu­man­i­tar­ian work; she was an ac­tive cam­paigner for good causes long be­fore she met Harry in sum­mer 2016. “She’s walked the walk for years,” says Les­lie Car­roll, author of Amer­i­can Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. “She’s built wells in Rwanda, she’s been an am­bas­sador for women, she went to In­dia to advocate for sep­a­rate bath­rooms and san­i­tary pads for teen girls. ... This is all stuff she was raised to do.”

When do ba­bies ar­rive?

Too soon for bassinet talk? We know Harry, 33, is a baby whis­perer who’s good with kids and they love him. There are count­less pic­tures of him play­ing with chil­dren he has be­friended through Sen­te­bale, the African char­ity he helped found. Yes, his bride will be 37 on Aug. 4, but preg­nancy is no longer just for young women.

The ‘Amer­i­can’ royal cou­ple

There’s the X fac­tor: How much time will they spend in the USA?

“This is pure guess­ing, but Harry loves Amer­ica; he’s had ad­ven­tures here. So I wouldn’t be sur­prised if they spend some amount of time in Cal­i­for­nia,” Smith says. “Her mother is there, her fa­ther is close, she has friends there. She’s a Cal­i­for­nia girl.”


Big day is al­most here: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be mar­ried Satur­day.


Harry and Meghan at­tend a women’s em­pow­er­ment event in Lon­don last month.

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